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    September 19, 2010
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gunfire shatters the quiet in one peaceful northern virginia enabled. good morning. welcome to news 4 today. i'm kmberly suiters. a quick check on our forecast with chuck belthis morning. a little warmer now than compared to yesterday, right, chuck? >> very much so. tht's the story -- why is my brain not working already? >> let's start over. hi, i'm kimberly. >> that story will be repeated for many hours thrghout the day. on the whole a couple degrees warmer today than yesterday. you're going to notice the change as we go rough the rest of the afternoon all ahead of a weather front which promises to bring the return of some sligh ly cooler temperatures back into
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the area pour tomorrow. right now, though, temperature 63 downtown. there are cool spots on the map out into fairfax an loudoun county. temperatures in the low 50s this morning. even a few upper 40s in the sheltered most valleys up to the panhandle of west virginia even upper montgomery county. there might be a couple of 4s on the map. generally speaking we're going to have a pleasant day today. there are extra clouds coming our way by mid and late afternoon. a possibility of a sprinkle mainly up across portions of southern pennsylvania and west of the blue ridge. here in the washington are we'll be dry and mild with temperatures up near 84 degrees. we should be reaching our high right around 4:15 as the texans and the redskins kick it off at fedex field. >> we said dallas cowboys but we mean houston texans, right? >> yes, we do. >> dallas -- those texas people. >> those three hours of sleep last night were apparently severa too few. i will fix that, thank you. >> we'll check in with you in a
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little bit. thanks, chuck. four people are hurt this morning after being shot overnight. police say this happened about 11:30 last night along the 500 block of shepherd street in northwest d.c. all four suffered nlife threatening injuries. police have not released any details about the situation surrounding that shooting or the shooter. prince william county, virgini police are trying to find out what led a nokesville man to kill his wife and then himself. >> even more troubling the crime was committed in a neighborhood far frothe couple's me but in front of horrified residents. the shooting happened saturday morning on widewater drive in the montclair area of prince william county. derri ward has more on the crime and the investigation. >> reporter: the quiet of a satuay morning was shattered for residents of widewater drive in the montclair section of montgomery county. >> a lady was screaming, said, somebody help me. somebody help me. so i'm looking and she was the
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driver and it seems like that the guy had a gun, chased her arund behind the truck and what he did was he shot her. >> reporter: that woman has been identified as 38-ye-old jennifer bates of nokesville. her assailant, her husband, robert bates. police say the couple had been rguing in this vehicle before it turned on to idewater way. an officer had been walking his dog, unarmed himself he confronted the armed man whom witnesses sayointed his gun at him. he retreated to retrieve his own weapon but then -- >> another shot rang out. and that was it. he killedhimself. >> reporter: it all happened quickly and neighbors had already called police. >> units arrived on scene. they located two individuals who appeared to have been suffering from gunshot wounds. the gunshot wounds were all upper body. the male was pronounced dead at the scene. the female was showing signs of life and was transported to the hospital wher she was
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pronounced. >> reporter: what remains a puzzle to investigators and residents of this community is hy these two people chose this street. those who live here know that it's a cul-de-sac. it doesn't go all the way through and neither of these victims are believed to have any contact with with tis community. a member of the neighborhood association says they'll seek to ease the concerns of other residents. >> not associated with the neighborhood and for people not to have any fear about the neighborhood or the neighborhood changing. it's just a quiet neighborhood. it a shock to everybody something like this would happen. >> reporter: police say in june robert bates h been arrested against domestic violence and a no contact order had been issues. it had expired at the time of the incident. derrick ward, news 4. friends and family of the victims are leaving condolences on a facebook page as well as a nk to domestic abuse site. three hair salons, a fast food resurant. police believe all five these
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northern virginia businesses were targets of the very same armed robber. police believe the robberies are becoming more frequent and could possibly turn viont. darcy spencer reports. >> reporter: this armed robber h struck five businesses since late july. three of them have been haircuttery salons. this video shows an armed robber pulling a knife while holding up a hrcuttery salon. he swiped money from businesses in fairfax and loudoun county only striking between late morning and early afternoon. >> we're working very closely with loudoun county detectives on this because he obviously sees no jurisdictional boundaries so neither can we. >> reporter: police say the robber started his crime spree on july 26th when he held up chantilly cash and carry. he struck again on september 6th at this kfc/taco bell restaurant in loudoun county. he then hit three haircutterys in fairfax and loudoun counties on september 7, 12 and 14.
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>> the frequencies have increased. the first caseas more than a month ago and now h seems to be doing it within a matter of days. that concerns us. >> reporter: in each case the robber brandishes a knife, grabs cash from the register, and runs away. >> establishments seem to be centered around route 28. so anyone who shops or does business on route 28, we ask you to keep your eyes and ears open. call us if you see anything unusual. >> reporter: so far no one has been injuredn any of these robberies but police are concerned that the suspect could become violent. if you have any information or recognize the person in the surveillan video, you're asked to call police in loudoun or fairfax county. in ashburn, darcy spencer, news 4. after almost five months there appears to an end in sight with bp's blownout oil well. we're taking a look. crews are pumping in cement to seal the well from the bought
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a.m. and officials say that has hardened just fine. pressure and weight test is all that's needed to be sure it's permanently closed. an announcement is expected to come today. >> the picture from underwater hasn't always been perfect but it's been interesting to watch that progression and glad to see it's over. let's check in with chuck. >> ca do. >> we can? >> absoluly. it's going to be a nice day for football here. also have a check, the ravens are on the road, we'll take a check of the forecast out ncinnati.
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s welcome back. ten after the hour. >> 63 degrees outside. a touch warmer tan it was yesterday morning as aaron
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pointed out. >> a little bit. three to five degrees warmer mao than it was the same time yesterday so not a big deal but folks willotice the slight change in air mass over the la 24 hours. more humidity out there on your sunday morning as well. so it's going to be a warmer and a more humid day today. perfect weather for the redskins game out at fedex field where they're taking on as you may or may not know the houston texans. kickoff is justafter 4:00 this afternoon. going to be great weather for football. great weather for another win. remember, last week wasn't pretty but it was a "w." that's all that matters. outside on your beautiful sunday morning, a clear sky, still hanging around out there. a few fair weather clouds moving om spot to spot. 63. that's our currentemperature in downtown washington. the dew points have come up. so temperatures aboufive degrees warmer than the same time yesterday and dew point temperature about five to eight degrees warmer than the same time yesterday soust a little more warmth and humidity out thre this morning. it's going to be a beautiful day, though.
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53 right now in arlington and falls church. 52 in manassas and warrenton. milder alongside the bay where annapolis sits at 61. a couple of sprinkles across far southern pennsylvania and a few more falling apart as we move into the extreme western tip of maryland now. so a little bit more cloud cover for you folks to the north and west of town and can't completely rule out a sprinkle or two north and west of washington. in town today, almost no rain chance. i say 90% chance we'll stay dry today. 63 here in town right now. 58 in cincinnati. a little more moisture up across parts of the ohio valley. that's all just along and ahead of a weather front that's going to come through here late this afternoon and thi evening. may even,n fact, 9:00, 10:00 this evening before it gets on through keeping a very close eye on hurricane igor out here. there'she island of bermuda
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and this storm looks like the eye wall will pass within ten miles of the beaches of bermuda. this is going to be an ugly day for friends and family members out in bermuda. could be a category 1, maybe a category 2 storm as it passes through or directly over the neighborhoods around bermuda so a tough day for them. for us, that storm is going to stay way offshore thanks to high pressure and this very weak cool front as it continues to press down to the east coast. that will help keep that storm sved further out to sea. for us tomorrow high pressure building backin. thatill take a little bit of an edge off and the humidity. so for today increasing clouds. it will be warm. mabe a sprinkle far southern pennsylvan. far western maryland. if you're a bengals fan, the bengals are out in cincinnati taking on the bengals today. good weaer for the game out there so no weather related issues. our forecast tomorrow, partly sunny. a touch cooler. we'll make it to 86 today under the increasing clouds. 80 degrees torrow with the returning sunshine.
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79 degrees on tuesday. a slight chance, and let's hope it actually come true, on wednesday a slightchance for a shower. a rumble or two and then very mild weather to finish out next week and get into next weekend. we're probably -- i think we're track to have one of the top two or three warmest septembers on record to follow up the hottest summer. >> thank you, chuck. the terps get shell-shocked in morgantown. >> the highlights in this morning's sports in a minute with hakem dermish. college football, maryland taking on number 21 west virginia in morgantown. quarterback gino smith threw four touchdowns giving west virginia a 28-0 lead but may marylandid mount a comeback courtesy of senior receiver torre smith who scored on 60 and 80-yard passes but that was it. maryland had nleative ten yards rushing while west virginia's defense recorded eight sacks. maryland falls 31-17.
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in blacksburg, virginia tech hosting east carolina. the hokies scored 28 unanswered pointsn the second half including rashad carmichael's 68-yard interception return. the hokies 49-27 earning their first win of the season. navy against louisiana tech, quarterback ricky dobbs threw for a career best 219 yards a one touchdown. navy rallies to a 37-23 victory. talking baseball, nationals taking on the red-h phillies and they stayed hot. ryan howard with his 30th home run of the year giving him five straight seasons with at least 30 homers and 100rbis. the phillies win 5-2, their sixth straight. and later today, the redskins take on the texans at 4:15. that's your sports minute. i'm hakem dermish. have a great day. next up is reporters notebook. a look at stories affecting our community. >> we'll be back with your morning forecas
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welcome. a new ehe ra begins d.c. politics with the election of vincent gray as the democratic nominee for mayor. he beat mayor if samte 55% to 45% riding a wave of dissatisfaction. gray wasted no time reaching out to the largely white population that did not vote for him. he assured concerned residents that he i also an aggressive reform reformer. vincent gray said, quote, we won't be turning back the clock. he vowed to continue reform and he pledged to unite the city. how does he please the voters who elected him and win over those who didn't? >> he rolls over for the corporate stakeholders and continues with the wle gentrification move. this whole election is as much about gentrification and what people felt they weren't getting from this administration as it is about the personality or the
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outgoing mayor's lack of services to certain constituents. >> jerry, what do you think about that? >> i think the whole thing comes down to the scare tactic. we don't want to go back. going to take you back to mayrin barry and this really brought scare tactics especially in the white community. i don't want to go back to those years. and vince gray is not necessarily going back anywhere, as he said. he said that that's not the point. he point is that we have to move this city forward but, most importantly, we have to unite. >> but how does he -- how does he balance these two? you have the d.c. old guard and you've got d.c.'s new ard. >> you just mentioned it. you balance between the two and the key is process. you mu include people in the process.
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whe he made his mistake and we said it from time to time, fenty didn't include people in the process, he just did it. we've been sort of laughing about th before the show that he learned that four weeks before the election. but i think vincent gray is a very deliberate invidual. he's certainly not one who is threatening. he doesn't look threatening. he doesn't sound threatening and so the attempt to try to paint him as if he's part of this militant black political establishment that ran d.c. after home rule is not going to play with vincent gray. >> and i think one of the things that really insults people, this who narrative that we're going back -- going back to what? do you assume the old assumption that if you have predominantly black employees and
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predominantly black administration then, therefore, that equals you're going to have poor services. you are not going to be able to, you know, get what you need from the government. i think that it's disingenuous for people to use code words like going back. >> but there is still the concern that the city may go back when services weren't what they are toy. >> there is that concern, but i'd have to go back to mary of ward three, the councilmember who won in ward three at her press conference when she endorsed gray. she said what is going back? well, what do you mean going back? we're not goingack anywhere. we're going forward. >> what's going to happen, what you're going to see is that everybody is goingo go forward. under this administration people were left behind and they were left out a that's what tey voted against. >> and speaking of going back, how far back to you want -- you could go back to the days when
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african-americans didn't have any influns or power. they still have memories and remember. we're new and fresh. let's not change anything. >> moving on, can he continue education reform without michelle eid? >> absolutely. >> why not? michelle is not god. >> i don't mean to cut you off but if he does not get rid of michelle he will have to deal with the people who put him in office including the teachers uni union. >> no, she already signed h resignation when she ran for fenty. you cannot keep michelle here.
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if you go after theing you'd better kill him. >> a lot of people think michelle rhee should stay. it shouldn't be banked on one person. >> and a person who has admitted to the factshe is the main reason her boss lost his job. >> who is reuben o. charles ii? >> we hear about this international flavor that's going on now on washington, d.c. reuben charles met him a he liked vince gray be a he became one of his top advisers but he
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did did make connections to many of the, what you might call immigrant communities, ethiopian, caribbean, the african-arican community. they got lots of money. the first time in d.c. politics that you hear of these contributin >> it helped gray raise a lot of hi money. >> also, you have mo, one of thoseperatives who has a number of wins inclung warner here, kaine, and now his foray into the district was helpful. >> fenty promised to work with gray to facilitate the transition of power, even promi promised to meet with gray, which would be a change. while he says he has no plans to leave the city, he vowed to remain involved in the city and
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to continue helping people. he says he won't run for office again. do you think he will? >> i don't think he'll run for office. >> what position? i mean, his reputation has been damaged. it'll be a while before people reconsider him as a worthy public official. >> the only other thing he could run for is eleanor's seat. >> kwame brown's victory sets the stage for a special election to fill his at-large seat. >> or an appointnt. >> or an appointment. >> that's right. or an appointment. it could -- and i suspect that vincent orange may be looking for an appointme.
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>> that's possible. the person who will do the appointing is with the local community until there's a special election. there will be a special election. but til that time it comes from the local committee and she is -- she has worked with him in ward five before so that's a possibility. trust me, it couldbe anybody. >> all right. we have to take a break.
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welcome back. rematch in the maryland governors race. former governor bob erlich defeated brian murphy to w the republican nomination. murphy had been endorsed by sarah palin. governor martin oalley easily won the democratic nomination setting the stage for a rematch in the race and contest that pundits say could be really close in november. is this a good climate for a bob
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erlich comeback? >> think it's as good a climate as any given that people are all over the country getting rid of incumbents and o'malley could get caught up in that. the caveat i would offer is that may maryland is still a very democratic state, is still a very liberal state so if the tea party people get behind erlich, that might actually hurt him in maryland. >> i think the tea party is going to hurt a lot of people not only maryland but throughout the country. o'malley's a good campaigner. and, you know, he's done a pretty good job. i don't think it's necessarily the climate as much as how these guys campaign on tv and debates and o'malley can hold his own. >> the democrats will need to go to the polls still. they'll need to turn out in november. >> they'll have a good turnout because erlich is gaining some supporters. so you're going to have to have
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that turnout but i agree with my colleagues that o'malley has show a good showing for himself. i think agnst erlich, i don't think erlich can catch up. i really don't. >> the third time is a charm for former maryland delegate baker who won the democratic nomination for prince george's county executive. no republican to face, baker will replace outgoing exec johnson who is tm limited. there is also a new state's attorney and there will be five new faces on thecouncil. as far as baker is concerned, he's going take over the county at a very difficult time with the troubled schools, the hhest foreclosure rate in the state and obviously the troubled economy. he's going to have a full plate. is this a good time to take over prince george's? >> he has a full plate but what you call his acceptance speech the other night he was saying that, or the other day, he said
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that i'm going to focus on jobs rht away. jobs and education. and that resonates pretty good right now in the climate that we hav when we talk about the economy and educational problems we're having throughout the region. so i think that if he's sincere about what he wants to do, he's on the right target. education/jobs. >> well, the problem is his budget will tell whether or not he's going to have an easy go at it. you said it, pat. look. the foreclure rate has impacted the tax base. this is not a good time to try to manage any county and particularly prince george's county. think he has a difficult road. >> he pledged not to furlough. that is going to be the albatross around his neck. he cannot furlough anybody or that's the first and major campaign promise he will have
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broken and so it is going to be difficult under all the circumstances that are particurly hit prince george's county to even try to get some basic services. >> how much support can he get from the state? that's going to be, of course, always a prince george's problem. >> especially -- >> he'salready talked to go of o'malley and he's seen to be somewhat optimistic about that. >> watch the budget. >> early voting, how'd we do? turnout was very low on primary day in the district and in the state of maryland which were areas that tried early voting for the first time ever. do you think it helped or hurt? >> i think early voting hurt the turnout especially in the district. all acro the city. it wasn't in any particular ward. you didn't see the people come out and i think it's because either they thought a lot o
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people had already voted and it was a foregone conclusion. they didn't want to get involved in the lines or whatever they thought were going to be there. in the district you had so many different things happening with the machines, with same day registration. >> the codes that came out of this early voting actually confused a lot of people. >> well, my final word on this -- >> did earlyoting work? >> no, it didn't workand i don't know what will work. i know one thing, there ought to be an investigation and this foolishness we h that the district of columbia couldn't get a winner determined until, what, 2:00, 1:30 in the morning. absurd. absurd. >> got to go. got to go. thank you. that's "reporters notebook." stay with us.
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a live look now beneath the surface of the gulf of mexico where that brokenil well could be fixed for good in a matter of hours. good morning and welcome back to news 4 today. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm kimberly suiters. it's sunday, september 19th. oil is no longer flowing. the news is just ahead. first a quick check on our forecast. chuc bell joins us live. no mur can iness in our forecast. >> beautiful, bright sky for much of the day today. increasing clouds by later on this afternoon but no real threat for rainfall here in the washington area. might see a few sprinkles for our friends across far southern pennsylvania and the ones west of the blue ridge on the western slopes of the appalachian mountains. fairly nice sky outside. temperature in the low 60s right here in town and right alongside of the bay. but everybody else has managed to make it down into the 50s
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this morning. 56 in hagerstown. martinsburg, 52. manassas 52. waldorf 53. satellite picture shows a few mid and high level clouds drifting on in. we' end up with plenty of sunshine early. clouds will gradually be on the increase by later on this afternoon. no real chance for rain here in washington but further north and west you go, the better your chances of seeing a stray raindrop or two. the redskins taking on th houston texans at 4:15. you will not be able to blame the loss on the weather department if there is one. >> thank you, uck. after almost five months it appears the deep water horizon well is officially closed. scientists should soon confirm the fractured rig is sealed off forever. the end of the leak does not mean thend of major pblems in the gulf. nbc's jay gray reports from venice, louisiana. >> reporter: the final pressure test on the seal of the fractur deepwater horizon well should be ov now but the's
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still no word on results or if the well has been officially killed. in the final hours onhe primary relief well after pumping in 74 barrels of cement and making sure it was set, there was a sense of confidence and pride. >> kept saying it's done so much damage. the fact that we were able to help solve and fix something that so many people wanted and needed. >> reporter: but sealing the well won't solve the problem so many who live and work on the water have been dealing with for almost five months now. >> it shows up here every day as the tides move. they keep coming up on the shore. >> reporter: thick, black crude washing in and wearing away the marsh. >> it just keeps coming. it's like the grim reaper keeps coming up from the bottom. >> reporter: slowly killing captain joe demarco's dream. >> for 20 years to be able to do this. >> reporter: absorbantoom is
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in place and biologists continue to take samples in the marsh as crews clean what they can but demarco and others worry it may n be enough. >> i go me, my wife says, what are we going to it do? keep going like we're going until we have some answers. we get a trip once a week maybe. can't pay your bills on a trip once a week. can't put your kids through school. can't buy groceries. if they pull out, we are totally messed up here. >> reporter: a mess that even with the well permanently sealed could still take years to clean up. jay gray, venice, louisiana. police in prince william county, virginia, are trying to find out what led a nokesville man to kill his wife and then himself saturday morning on widewater drive in the montclair area. police say jennifer and robert bates were arguing in their car when they turned into a small
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cul-de-sac of homes. jennifer bates got out of the car. her husband chased her down and shot her. all this in front of horrified residents. now police are trying to find out why the shooting happened in a neighborhood f from the couple's home as residents try to cope with the gruesome crime. >> it's not associated with the neighborhood and for people not to have any fear about, you know, the neighborhood or the neighborhood's changing. it's just a quiet neighborhood. it's just a sho that something like this would happen. >> friends and family of the victims are leaving condolences on a facebook page as well as links to domestic abuse sites. frederick police charge add man who tried to suffocate his 19-month-old son. around 5:30 friday afternoon police re called to a home on fair fie drive and found 33-year-old ambush suffocating his son. after astruggle police got ambush to release the toddler. he recovered after a trip to the hospital. ambush was also taken to a hospital for evaluation to determine his motive. he's been charged with cild
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abuse, assault, and other charges. u.s. capital police released the name of the man shot and wounded by police officers aft he pointed a handgun at them friday morning. around 5:00 a.m. 29-year-old john wesley wheeler jr. of su suitland poied a gun at several officers near capitol hill. police shot him after he refused to drop his gun. he washarged on seral counts. six members of a church are dead and eight others injured this morning after a tragic accide in new york. members of the joy fellowship assembly church in the bronx were traveling up interstate 87 to a church event when the back tire of their van blew out. the van fipped over in the median killing six including the church's bishop and his wife. one man who was supposed to be driving the van but had to drop out at the last minute says it's hard to believe the accident actually happened. >> this is like a dream and i
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hope it's a dream. right now i really don't want to believe it. six brothers and sisters, they're family. a lot of people are outside crying. >> seven people still in critical condition. it took over five hours to clear the van from the roadway, backing up traffic for hours. berepared for the worst. that was the motivation behind the disaster drill. airport personnel and nearby agencies tested their reaction to a horrifying scenario. an airplane crashes while landing, slamming into cars and an airport shuttl they even set the plane on fire. as you can see they also simulated treating victims. organizers of the drill hope the hands-on experience will help save lives in the event of a real tragedy. >> practice and hope you never have to use those skills. >> absolutely. 6:37. still ahead, looking for a new best friend? we'll itroduce you to some dogs that could be the perfect addition to your family. >> i'm just grateful to be
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alive. >> and a young mother's dramatic brush with death and the long road back to recovery. ♪
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♪ [ male announr ] giving up cigarettes can take more than willpower alone. but today's a new day. for many, smoking is a treatable medical condition.
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so talk to your doctor about prescription treatment options and support. and this time, make it your time. the washington animal rescue league saves 30 dogs and cats found in terrible condition in north carolina. the league says 200 animals were rescued from a private research facility conducting tests on the animals for medical urposes. ey say some undercover animals showed them nearly tortured by caretakers. now hear safe and sound. >> pcedures which we take a lot of trouble here at this hospital to ensure do not cause any pape at all. it's a medic facility. we saw procedures being done that there wasn't any anesthesia. we went down to pick up the animals which is our whole mission is to bring animals at have nowhere else to go to a
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better life. >> dr. gary is my hero. the rescue league is now asking the pblic to step in. the 20 dogs and ten cats that were rescued still need a loving home. the cute critters will be available once they get the appropriate medical care in about two to three weeks. tempted? >> no. i can barely ke care of myself. >> well, i'm sure there are plenty of people who will open their homes and hearts. do you consider your mom to be a miracle worker? >> becky suddenly collapsed one day and for more than an hour showed no signs of life but her husband refused to give up on her and now they're giving back to raise awareness for a disease that almost took her life. kristen welker reports. >> reporter: with every step becky howland is beating steep odds. >> i'm just grateful to be alive. >> reporter: becky almost lost
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her life this july 1st. she and husband jsh were sharing a quiet night at theirhome when disaster struck without warnin >> she said, i love you, right before she walked away and i heard her fall down. that's when i heard her eathing. in a medical term it's not a good sign. >> reporter: but it was a sign josh recognized. incredibly he's a nurse who specializes in cardiovascular care. >> i did cpr. >> reporter: at 28 years old the mother of three had gone into sudden cardiac arrest. medics rushed to save her. they shoed her 15 mes, an agonizing 72 minutes passed with no sign of life. >> i went back to our wedding vows and i promised her till death dos part and that i would never give up on her and it was like she heard us because, you know, two minutes later she actually turned arnd.
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>> reporter: becky was breathing but her ordeal had just begun. she was unconscious for another ten days until finally she woke up. becky's doctors wrapped her in a hype thermic blanket to cool the body and limit brain damage. less than 10% of people survive what becky endured. >> it's near a miracle she is where she at today based on how long her brain w without any type of blood flow. >> reporter: becky is in therapy twice a week battling neurological damage which makes it difficult to walk and talk but she is determined. >> my husband and myself were prepared. >> reporter: today in indianapolis after less than three months of rehabilitation, becky and josh along with 55 family members and close friends walked a full mile in that city's heart walk. team mirle girl, raising money and awareness about cpr.
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a small victory at the end of a harrowing journey dominat by two strong hearts and promises kept. kristen welker, nbc news, los angeles. >> wow. c you imagine working on a loved one for an hour? >> definitely the person you want to have on your team. >> which one? both? 6:45ight now. a quick peek of the weather with chuck. >> yes, indeed. beautiful sunshine is on the way. it's still about five or seven minutes from coming up in our eastern sky and the rest of today is looking very nice a. complete check otoday's forecast and the back-to-work and school forecast. droiiiid. how you do web connections.
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we need rain. we really do. it's gotten very dry the last couple of months but we've never needed it as much on the weekend as we tend to need it during the week. so our next little chance for rain probably doesn't show up until the middle part of next week but, boy, we really do need the rain around here, much of northern virginia out to the blue ridge has been really dry around here for the last couple of months. outside we're still waiting on the sun. sun rise about two or three minutes away but already that nice pinsh hue in our eastern sky. the temperature downtown is at 63 degrees. the dew points have come up just a smidgen. yesterday they were in the upper 40s, today in the mid-50s. on the whole a little warmer and more humid weather for much of your sunday afternoon. still a beautiful day to be outside. 52 right now in frederick, maryland. 54 degrees in clinton and brandywine, 58 degrees in quantico and stafford. radar shows one or two sprinkles
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across portions of southern pennsylvania and a couple of rain drops aing for far western maryland so can't completely give you the rain-free forecast today but most of us, especially here in the d.c. metro area, will stay dry. dew points are coming up ahead of a weather front making its way through here late this evening into the early hours of our monday. in the meantime, though, as we're waiting on the weather front, winds will come up out of the southwest so a toasty warm day today. monday weather start iing to sh just a little hint of a cooldown. the other thing we're keeping a close eye on is hurricane ig. there is the island of bermuda. this could be almost a direct hit some time late this evening into the evening hours tonight. so a very rough day for our friends out in bermuda. for us, that weather front inching its way down to the d.c. metro area should take it most of the overnight hours to get just down to the south of wa
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washington. as it does so, it will turn our winds to the north and northwest. that takes a little bit of the humidity and some of t warmth out of herfor our back-to-work and school weather. high pressure is in chge for monday and tuesday. on the back side of that might have a little chance for some rain here on wednesday. boy, do we need every drop. so for today we'll call increasing clouds. any sprinkles well north and west of town. here in washington we should be dry th afternoon. if you're watching the bengals ke on the cincinnati -- the ravens and the bengals playing in cincinnati, no weather related problems there. a mild day in cincinnati. back to work and school tomorrow. partly sunny and cooler. near 80 tomorrow. a great day coming up tuesday. a slight chance at a shor. a rumble or two on wednesday and then temperatures staying way above average as we head into the early part of next weekend, the warm goes on. >> thank you, chuck. maryland looks to start the season 3-0. virginia tech is still looking for its first win of the year. >> hakem dermish has this
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morning's sports. good morning, everyone. the maryland/west virginia game casimply be described with the use of two numbers, one neglect i have a, one positive. 28. that's the number of unanswered points the mountain years scored. negative ten the number of rushing yards for the terrapins. the result for maryland a 31-17 defeat in morgantown. and ralph said his team would be tested and, boy, was he right. further play of the game for west virginia. handoff goes tohe speedy fellow. avoiding tackles, down the sideline, cuts back. finally brought down after a 50-yard ga. coach said w tackled terrible. divine rushed for 131 yards. three plays later gino smith looks left. throws aerfect pass to baltimore native austin. good for a six-yard touchdown and a 7-0 west virginia lead. one of two tds for austin. and coach thinking, hey, i told
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you, these guys are good. early second quarter, here comes west virginia again. gino smith with plenty of time over the middle for his former high school teammate stedman bailey. west virginia would eventually go up 28-0. second half, here comes jamar robinson and the terps down 28-7. robinson with time goes deep to torre smith, the senior. opened the middle of the field. an 80-yard scoring strike. smith also had a 60-yard td catch. the terps back in the game cut the deficit to 14. all righty. here we go. later in the third robinson back to pass. under heavy pressure. maryland falls to number 21, west virginia, 31-17. the terps play florida internaonal next week. west virginia is at lsu. well, if there was ever a must-win game in september for virginia tech, yesterday's game ainst east carolina was it. the hokies started with an 0-2 record and an 0-3 start would be
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a disaster. the last time that happened bon jovi living on a prayer was a number one song in the u.s. that was in 1987. yesterday the hokies desperately trying to change their tune. taylor and the hokies going against a very good east carolina team. second quarter hokies trailing 17-7. taylor starts the hokies comeback. throws a dart to roberts. 24-yard touchdown. hokies within three. an impressive play. this was impressive, too. six minutes later evans gets the handoff. goes left and he's in for a seven-yard touchdown. the hokies down 24-21 at ha halftime. virginia tech sophomore standout running back ryan williams was injured in the game, injured his hamstring. trainers say he is okay. beamer's team goes off in the second half. dominique davis, uh-oh. carmichael reads it perfectly, interception down the sideline. davis trying to track him down but carmichael says, nope.
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68-yard. its first win of the season. >> great win. because it came after a very, very diffict week on coaches, players, our whole group. it came when you had to battle like heck out there. things didn't look so good at times. really proud of everyone and i'm proud how it all took place and how hard we had to hang in there. >> a big win for virginia tech. we're in louisiana. navy against louisiana tech. second quarter, navy down by six. ricky dobbs drops back to pass. ay what? to pass. yeah. up to john howell, a 25-yard score. dobbs' first td pass of the season. navy misses the extra point so we're tied at 13-13. the midshipmen run the ball. murray up the t, 17 yards for the touchdown. navy beats louisiana tech,
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37-23. talking baseball, nationals taking on the red-hot phillies lastight up in philadelphia. top of the first, no score. ian desmond at the plate with a runner on first and this is a good piece of hitting. young kid goes opposite field. danny espinoza hustling around the bases. here comes the relay. he scores and desmond ends up with an rbi triple and the 1-0 lead. looking good. nats down 2-1. jordan zimmerman facing howard with aman aboard and howard, see you later. his 30th home n of the year sets a franchise record with five straight seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 rbis. phillies in front, 4-1. top eight, nats down by three. willie harris the chance to be a hero. ryan madsen, uh-uh. the phillies have won six straight. and later today the red skrins go for a 2-0 recd against the houston texans. kickoff is 4:15.
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good morning. welcome back to news 4 today. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm kimberly suiters. we're not whit perfecting, weso what's up next. >> chuck bell with a look at 0 our forecast. >> you should have said next is the weather and then the news. we have our priorities straight around here. weather always mission critical on the weekends, no doubt about it, and today will be another day where the weather cooperates with anything you'd li to do outside. the sun is up and this time next week we'll still be waiting on the sun as our sun rises get later and later here in the end of the fall months. temperatures right now are in the 50s in most everyby's neighborhood except for those of us who live downtown or right up
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alongside the bay in and and lis. 's 54 degrees in prince george's county. 53 in la plata, maryland. 50 degrees in manassas. that's the cold spot. temperatures will be climbing well up into the 80s today. a little increase in clouds coming our way and maybe a risk of a sprinkle for you folksn the west virginia mountains and across southern pennsylvania. by and large no weather related problems today. the redskins and the texans kicking off at 4:00. inds 6 to 12 miles an hour. today will be the warmest day of the next couple and then a cooldown for the back towo mond and tuesday and everybody hoping we have at least a little rain on wednesday. >> everybody hoping? >> it's a wednesday. it can rain on a wednesday. >> thank you, chuck. >> okay. it is 7:01 right now. here are some of our top stories this morning. prince william county police are trying to find out what led a nokesville man to kill his wife and then himself.
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jennifer got out of the car, her husband chased her down and shot her and then himself. >> six people are dead and eight others injured after a church van slipped in new york. members of t y fellow ship church in the bronx were traveling to a church event when the back tire of their va blew. six people died right there on the scene. seven are still in critical condition. >> and the broken well that caused the biggest oil spill in u.s. history is ose to being sealed for good. crews are pumping in cement to seal it from the bottom and the cement has hardened just fe. a final pressure and weight test is all that's left before it's confirmed the well is permanently closed. >> those are stories making news. ne is nbc 4's viewpoint. good morning, everyone. welcome to viewpoint. i'm jim handly. this morning wre talking about the community college experience and the trends in education now. and with us we have this morning
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our new president at montgomery college. dr. pollard, great to see you and welcome to "viewpoint." we should say welcome to town. you've been on the job as president all of almost two months now. >> almost. trying to get to the six-week mark. this is an exciting time. >> what attracted u to montgomery college? >> when you think about community colleges in this country and think about the top ones in the country, montgomery college is clearly in the top ten. for me when you hear that montgomery college has a vacancy, they're looking for talent, they have a vision of the future, it was a no-braer. it drew me. they enjoy a phenomenal reputation, tightly coupled with the community. it was something i knew i had to do. >> for our viewers you have 15 years of community college teaching and leadership experience. tell us about where you came from. >> well, i'm a little girl from the south side of chicago. i was born and raised there. spent the majority of my time actually in that area as an undergraduate and ten i went to
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iowa state university where i m majored in english. did my undergraduate there and decided i wanted to teach. i took a position, my english faculty position, and enjoyed that tremendously. i got to work with students from the developmental reading and writing, all the way to those who had a very clear interest in major i majoring in english. so then i moved into the administration at that point and really took, i think, just a wonderful opportunity to learn about how a college works, to underand it from where students come in, how we assess our programs and then moving forward from th point. after i'd been there 12 ars i then moved to college in livermore, california, while there i was campus president and loved that experience as well. i've been very blessed to work at organizations and with faculty and aff and students who have a clear passion about what we do, recognize the value of the community college and
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then position me at montgomery college. >> value, what more and more students, young and old we should say alike, are looking at when they go for thewo-year degree here. talk a little bit about the value and the benefit and is that what is driving this tremendous growth at the community college level? >> i would say value certain is a large part of it. we are exriencing a difficult economic time right now and this seems to be a wonderful option for many families. if they think about pursuing post secondary education, no doubt about that. i'd like to think in addition to value what they're getting is quality and that's the beautiful part of community coeges. we have faculty who in large part are prepared at the masters and doctoral level, who are spending direct time with stents. they're not a teaching assistant. this is a faculty member who is a disciplinary expert coming in to work with these students. so while value may be driver, what i tnk is we're becoming a first choice also because students recognize the phenomenal support structures we have that help them get the
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college experience. so the thing i like to says the community colleges are so tightly coupled with our community. since i moved to montgomery county, it runs through the veins of montgomery county. we exist for our community and take pride in making sure our programs are responsive to the community. >> and montgomery college has three campuses you have one in germantown, rockville and tacoma park -- >> in silver spring. impressive. and a series of courses we offer across the county. >> wow. talk a little bit about the student population. it hovers around 60,000. >> i know. is that unbelievable? you hear that number, we're larger than some small cities. we've developed an inrastructure to support that. our student body is highly diverse. we represent over 100 countries who come to us. we have the spectrum in terms of economic news and value. the other thing that's wonderful about montgomery college, they see it as a place to go for
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transfer, so we have a very strong transfer agenda. we have probabl one of the top in the country in terms of transfer institutions. then we couple that with this career itechnical education program that is outstanding. when you tink about the totality, traner education, career technical education, developmental education, adult education, and business and technical or student busine and training, we do all of that and do it exceptionally well. we're charting a future and i often like to say we will be the most relevant in the countr >> wow. all right. that's a very high goal and you're on your way there right now. >> i think so. >> you talk about transfer and how easy is that? the four-year institutions will take the credits and sometimes students will take a break from a four-year college or they will go to montgory college befre they enter a four-year institution. >> sure. we have a number of students who
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clearly identify as their first choice, they come because their intent is to pursue the first two years of the lower division, their undergraduate education and transfer to a baccalaureate institution. a wonderful opportunity to do that. we've worked on course and program articulation so students have a flawless and seamless experience in doing that. the other thing is help expose students to different expeences they may not have thought about. they have an opportunity for internships. so those things are always wonderful and rounding out that experience as a transfer institution but certainly that is r bread and butter in a lot of ways but i also like to think we balance that well with our career in technical education program. >> i want to talk more when we come back om the break about that work-based experience and how closely the college works with regional businesses. >> excellent. >> so we'll be right back to talk more about community colleges with d pollard after
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welcome back to "viewpoin." the new president of montgomery college, dr. pollard. we were talking about value and work iing with the community an businesses in the region, too. how closely and how important is it that college work closely with these businesses in terms of preparing students and also helping them find a job? >> the part that's very distinctive about community college and i would say a completely american phenomenon, our job is really to be responsive to the local community and to develop new programs of study that are responsive to the needs of the community. so, for instance, one of the things we know clearly if we think about our top programs of interest in our institution, one being the health sciences, we think about the spectrum of those programs, manytudents are coming to us because they know that there are jobs available. >> you have that biotech corridor right there in montgomery county. >> and the beautiful part about this so many of our emplers
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and people in the community contribute to the institution because they know they need to. we've had a wonderful and long-term partnership with holy cross, aventi they work closely with us. in addition to helping provide us equipment and faculty to help work in those programs, they also hire our aduates. so as i often say, we are -- the success of the community and our success i mutually dependent. our programs won't be relevant and then our students will have jobs to go to. so for us we have to make sure we're responsive and we have to do that quickly. so unlike some institution that is may take years to develop a program, an employer comes to us with a compelling need, we're able to identify students who want to go into that program, our job is to produce the program so they can get in there and be able to do that fairly quickly. >> respond to that change. >> very much so. ry much so. >> because everything is changing. tell us a little bit about some of the more popular programs that you have. you actually have about 100
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areas of study? >> yes, we do. and they go, of course, as you described earlier, general education programs students want to pursue for transfer but we have a high number of career technical education programs where folks are coming in to get b. one that's large are the health sciences. clearly our nursing program. our physical therapy program, any of those are very popular as well but then we're looking at things such as our engineering program. we have the largest community college engineering program in the coury. >> really? >> yes, we do. we have a wonderful study space or students toome in, get their first two years leading to an engineering degree and transferring so that's a huge program. business is always a big one and of course biotechnology. you mentioned the corridor. that's a rapidly growing program, very responsive to the corridor that we live in so tightly coupled to produce the results for the community. >> it's an exciting time. many parts of the country don't
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have to tell you are feeling this economicain but there is so much going on in montgomery county as you point out there in so many different fields. you raised value. roughly for our viewers, what are we talking about in terms of a difference between a four-year institution and a two-year degree? >> sur well, obviously a four ye will differ on public or private. what i can tell you about us, a student can pursue the first ye of undergrat watt experience for about $4,000. if we were to double that, go full time or at some point complete their first 60 credit hours, wre talking under $10,000 to be able to do that. so that is considerable value for the resources to have high-qualityaculty working directly with students to have support services to ensure student is getting through that experience that, to me is a wonderful value often overlooked in a community that has such high standards about education. if not the bt, we are one of
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the best for your dollar. >> and, in fact, it's very doable as you work. most of your students are working as they take courses. >> most work. what's very compelling about that in ts economy we're seeing that more be a more. we're seeing students who are taking, you know, maybe a full load in terms of their 12 to 15 hours of credit but they're also working 30 to 40 hours a week. many of them are managing families. as you know our students are traditionally old er than a four-year student. so this is navigating that and the stress of it and what we have to do to support them is far more considerable, i think, than what you migh see in some other type of institutions. >> there is no typical student, as we all know for all colleges but particularly for community colleges. talk about that diversity. you mention it on the faculty side but student body wise. >> i'll tell you about my first day visiting one of the campuses. i walked in and this woman walked in. she clearly knew that i was an administrator. she knew i did something and she said, do you know this counselor, and she referenced the counselor's name and i said
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i haven't met her yet. she was just wonderful. and this woman was probably in her -- i think she told me she was 75. i'm taking a won's study class, pizcal therapy class and i just love this school. i thought, oh, this is wonderful. i sat there and talked to her, 75. then i walked outside the cafeteria, run into these traditionally aged students, hey, you're the new president. can we call you dr. p? no problem. they're here to start their transfer experience. the wealth and the diversity and the pluralism of o students, it has both depth and breadth. our students come to us while they a 18 years old, there may be a student who chose not to finish high school and they're coming to us. you may have a working adult who has recently lost their business. and now ss, look, i have a masters degree but this doesn't mean anything anymore. i have to get retrained. >> and be regur vanity to
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today. >> that's the thing that's most important for us right now. all of that being said our students, they are the most diverse students in higher education in amica and i know for a fact what we do is so significant for them. i know that without a doubt. >> that's going to be exciting for yo that's just one day you describe. >> i know. exactly. that was an hr and ten minutes, bam, bam. from all walks. >> we won't call you dr. p. >> thank you.
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good morning. i'm kimberly suiters. time for a quick check of the morning's top stories. prince william county police are trying to find out what led a nokesville man to kill his wife an then himself. police say jennifer and robert bates were arguing in their car in the montclair area of prince william county when jennifer got out of the car. her husband chased her down, shot her and then himself. u.s. capital police identified
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the man. police shot 29-year-old john wesley wheeler jr. after he refused to drop his weapon. wheeler was charged with assault with intent to kill, carrying a gun without a license and other counts. first responders prepared for the worst during a disaster drill at reagan national airport. saturday they tested their reaction to this scenario. an airplane crashes while landing slamming into cars in an airport shuttle. organizers of the drill hope the hands-on experience will help save lives. now let's go to jim handly and " "viewpoint." and welcome back, everyone, to "viewpoint." our topic community college and the trends in college education these days. before we get going again with our guest, dr. pollard the new president at montgomery college, we partnered with you, nbc and montgomery college, to our huge d successful community shred last weekend. i think we had about 1,800 vehicles. >> can you believe that? it was actually a beautiful piece of art to watch.
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iwas so well organized. first our partnership between nbc and then college but also pnc bank a then the county. and to watch these little snakes of people and it was smooth. people in line five to seven minutes, drop off their material and they were gone. it was wonderful. >> i heard it was the smoothest and most organized so far. >> i like to think so. >> so thank you and congratulations. >> happy to ha you back anytime. >> i want to talk about we mentioned three different campuses. and in your preous positions you oversaw huge growth, building growth. is that going to be a part of one of your goals in terms of growing the infrastructure, building growthnd modernization? >> i appreciate that question so much for a couple of reasons. one is that the funding structure is obviously different in different states. california, the citizens passed a $230 million bond to allow the campus to go through a significant modernization
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process. we were able to spend those resources on the campus doing that. obviously the funding structure inmaryland is very different. however, what i would argue, though, is that the ste has been very good in terms of capital projects, allowing us to put a project if we me a compelling case and it moves forward. one of the challenges as you mentioned, we are a three campus institution so the idea while we're trying to continuously grow the college, i have to be able to balance that between three campuses and making sure we're responsive not only to one campus and one community but the other communities that we serve as well. so that's a very delicate balance. for us we are going to be looking at this issue significantly. as matter of fact, our board will be taking action this mon on the masters plan and looking at what are the needs we have both in terms of deferre maintenance, growth, can we accommodate the growth we're seeing and as we start thinking about new programs, i mean really we think about the new nature of education and learning, it'soing to require space for different types of
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programs. we're going to be spending some time having those conversations. i'm very big on planning and i think an ganization should be able to an itself out of most things if we do it well. >> six weeks under your belt. what are your goals and your priorities as you look down the road? >> couple of things come to mind ealy. e is just making sure that i know this college intimately. in a way in which i know myself and the constant process of engaging in that. that to me is very important because the college changes month to month so make sure i have my fingers on the pulse of that and understand it's connected with our faculty, our staff and our students. that's very important to me. i'm making sure, also, that i understand the political landscape in which the llege operates. that's extremely important to me. a couple of other things, i mentioned this idea of planning. how do we develop a strategic plan r the college that allows us to be the most relevant community college in the country? i guarantee you tha does not happen by doing the things that we do right now.
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that requires us to look at innovation, it requires us to address many of the national challenges and agendas set for us. so those are things that are very important to me. and i think the last part, you know, is really to enjoy the job and to be here and joy the community. i have been very fortunate in my life to join communities that have embraced my family and we spend time thinking how we can give ack. that's something that's very important to me as well. >> you talk about challenges. every jurisdiction, certainly montgomery county and montgomery college saw tough budget times las year. >> sure. >> do you think things are turninthe corner now? >> no. let's be real abou this. budget is an issue most colleges will have to deal with. north dakota or idaho, i heard, had the surplus. anybody else will be dealing with budgets. and i came from california and this is a state that specializes in the budget cut right now. so i'm not scared of having t
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deal with that. my sister is a banker and tells me it is about increasing revenue or decreasing expenses. now that part in it here to figure out how to balance those two and to do it in a way that's humane, that still allows you to treat your employees well, to provide the svices that you can for the students that you have and allows you to grow and develop the institution. so we're going to be having those conveations and making sure we don't -- we want to keep people engaged in the conversation. >> pick up the conversation there but as we go to a break if you'd like to learn more about montgomery college, wee got a phone number and a website that you can go to as well on our screen right now. 240-5 7-5000. montgome montgomerycollege.edu. !%
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and welcome back to "viewpoint." president obama has called for a
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summit in october. and this coincides with his completion agenda where he wan to see an increase in the number of college completers by the year 2020. how do community colleges, dr. llard, fit into his goal and plan here? >> i think actually the president has articulated a significant role for communit colleges in that, thinking we are t largest system of higher education, half of all undergraduates start their career off at a community college so it's important to recognize that any inittive will look at completion as student success has to include community college. that being said as you describe he's holding the summit to talk about the role counity colleges can play in that but key to this, i think it's important to keep this in mind, community colleges are already the gateway for us and we always talk about and describe ourselves as a place of access. what the president has asked to us do now is look at this as issue of completion. if you say you brin all these students to you and you do all
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of these things for them, at the end ofhe day, do they leav your institution with the credenti describing them as a college graduate? that is something very different for community colleges to talk about. as you describe at the top of the show, our emphasis in a lot of ways has been transferred. a student can come to us, complete 16, 17, 18, 30credit hours of study, will not have had a degree but, guess what, they're transferring to any institutions they want and as a result of that have met their goal. their goal was ansferred. they've completed that goal. they don't have a degree to show for that. so it's a unique challenge that we have to figure out buthe thing i've been talking to my faculty and staff, okay, let's figure out how we can get them -- let's incentivize a degree, create gateways and pathways with our partners to encourage those students to get that degree done. i think that there's an opportunity for us to do that but you recognize the completion is very differe for community
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college than it might for a four-year institution. i also know that america's community colleges are committed to looking at this issue. and for many the two-year degree about l get them the job they want. >> i think about the spectrum of programs weffer at montgomery college. we have program courses from gaming, which is a high industry, high-interest program right now where studen are actually creating gains to go out into industry. they may not need the credential right now t for us to create the opportunity that if they want to come back at some point and complete that credential we have the infrastructure in place to allow them to be able to do that. so those things are very important for us to be thinking about right now. >> we mtioned just a few weeks on the job, what have you been doing and what does your fall look like? a full plate. >> wha haven't i been doing? it's amazing. i'm trying to spend a much time as i can on the campus getting to know the faculty and staff, understanding what their issues are, understanding what they need from me and i think -- i believe in leadership so how can
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i serve you best by simply hearing and responding to your needs. certainly meeting with all of our local gislators, county officials, our major donors and philanthropist who is contribute to the college, spending time learning the community, trying to find a way to stay off 270. all those types of things, my son who is 3 1/2, getting him i p preschool and understanding and navigating that. so we have a wonderfully rich life. i'm very blessed to have a wonderfufamily. my partnertays home with with him. we're lucky. it's a lot of work. it's a lot of work but i love it. i get the energy from it. >> i can see it and i can he it and i'm glad you had half hour to spare to share the good news. >> i thank you for the invitation. >> the new president of montgomery college. thanks again. we're going to put that phone number up on our screen. 240-567-5000 and a web address to find out more about montgomery college
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montgomerycollege.edu. thank you for joining us this morning. now back to news today. enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody. good morning, everyone. welcome to news 4 today. i'm kimberly suiters. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. we'll take a look at o headlines in a second. first a quick check on the forecast. meteorologist chuck bell is here with us this morning as we're waiting for things to warm up, chu chuck. >> nice indeed. a nice cool start to the morning. most of the suburbs are down into the 50s once again this morning. no 4 on the map like yesterday morning. yesterday there were a couple of spots that made it below 50. not so much this morning. a pleasant way to get your sunday morning going off to an early start out there no matter what you're trying to accompish in the first half of the day, it
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will be very pleasant weatherwise. a nice cool taste of autumn. temperatures are mostly in the 50s now. new market, maryland, 53. charlestown, west virginia, 54. 57 at the mari corps base in quantico. 55 in springfield, virginia. 62 in town. plenty of sunshine early today. some mid an high level clouds by later on this afternoon. on the whole plenty of sunshine early, just enough to get us into the mid 80s so aboutive degrs warmer than yesterday. the texans and the redskins kick it off at 4:00. no problem there with the game. nice southwesterly breeze. 6 t 12 miles an hour. back to work and school tomorrow. just a little bit of a cooldown coming our way witthe northwest wind back tomorrow. a little chance of rain on wednesday. more onll of the details coming up. >> thank you, chuck. four people are recovering this morning after being shot ernight in the district. police say the shooting happened
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around 11:30 along the 500 block of shepherd street in northwest. all four suffered nonlife threatening injuries. police have not released any details on the motive of the shooting or the shooter. hair salons, grocery stores and fast food restaurants have all been targets. pole believe five robberies at these northern virginia businesses were all the work of the same armed robber. now police think the robberies are becoming more frequent and could possibly turn violent. darcy spencer has more. >> reporter: this armed robber has strk five businesses since late july, three of them have been hair cuttery salons. this video shows an armed robber pulling a knife while holding up a haircuttery salon. he swiped money from businesses in fairfax and loudoun county only striking between late morning and early afternoon. >> we'rworking very closely with loudoun county detectives on this because he obviously sees no jurisdictional boundaries so neither can we. >> reporter: police say the robber started his crime spree onuly 26th when he held up chantilly cash and carry.
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on lee jackson memorial highway. he struck again on september 6 at this kfc/taco bell restaurant in loudoun county. he then hit three hair cutterys in fairfax and loudoun counties on september 7, 12 and 14. >> the frequencies have increased. the first case was more than a month ago and now he seems to be doing it within a matter of days. that concernus. >> reporter: in each case the robber brandishes a knife, grabs cash from the register, and runs away. >> establishments seem to be centered around route 28. so anyone who shops or does business on route 28, we ask you to keep your eyes d ears open. call us if you see anything unusual. >> reporter: so far no one has been injured in any of these robberies but police are concerned that the suspect could become violent. if you have any information or recognize the person in the surveillance video, you're asked to call police in loudoun or fairfax county. in ashburn, dar spencer, news 4.
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> u.s. capitol police released the name of the man shot and wounded by officers after he point add handgun at them on friday morning. around 5:00 a.m. on friday 29-year-old john wesley wheeler jr. of suitland wked up to an officer at washington and independence avenues in southwest d.c. and pointed a gun at him. soon after police say wheeler pointed his gun at officers at 2nd and "c" streets. that's when police shot him after he refused to drophinks gun. wheeler was charged with assault with intent to kill, carrying a gun without a license and other counts. a scary story out of frederick, maryland, as police there have chargeadd man who tried to suffocate his 19-month-old son. friday evening police were called to a home on fair field drive. they found 33-year-old alton ambush suffocating his son. after a struggle police got ambush to release the toddler. he recoved after a trip to the hospital. ambush was taken to the hospital for evaluation to determine his
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motive. he's been charged with child abuse, assault and other charges. prince william county police are trying to find out what led a nokesville man to kill his wife and then himse. even more troubling this crime was committed in a neighborhood far from the couple's home but in front of horrified residents. the shooting happened saturday morning on widewater drive in the montclair area of prince lliam county. derrick ward has more on the crime andhe investigation. in the montclair section of montgomery county. >> a lady was screaming, said, somebody help me. someby help me. so i'm looking and she was the driver and it seems like that the guy had a gun, chased her around behind the truck and what he did was he shot her. >> reporter: that woman has been identified as 38-year-old jennifer bates of nokesville. her sailant, her husband, robert bates. police say the couple had been arguing in this vehicle before
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it turned on to widewater way. another resident of the street an officer had been walking his dog, unarmed himself he confronted the armed man whom witnesses say pointed his gun at him. he retreated to retrieve his own weapon but then -- >> another shot rang out. and that was it. he killed himself. >> reporter: it all happened quickly and neighbors had already called poli. >> units arrived on scene. they located two individuals who appeared to have been suffering from gunshot wounds. the gunshot wounds were all per body. the male was pronounced dead at the scene. the female was showing signs of life and was tnsported to the hospital where she was pronounced. >> reporter: whatemains a puzzle to investigators and residents of this community is why these two people chose thi street. those who live here know that it's a cul-de-sac. it doesn't go all the way through and neither of these victims are believed to have any contact with this community. a member of the neighborhood
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association says they'll seek to ease the concerns of other residents. >> not associated with the neighborhood and for people not to have any fear about the neighboood or the neighborhood changing. it's just a quiet neighborhood. it's a shock to everybody something like this would happen. >> reporter: police say in june robert bates had been arrested for domestic assault and a no contact order had been issued. it had expired at the time of the incident. derrick ward, news 4. >> friends and family of the couple are leaving condolences on a facebook page as well as links to domestic abuse sites. still ahead, the gulf disaster may finally be over for good today. the latest the efforts to kill the broken well. >> and we'll tell you why this may be the best timeo adopt a new best friend. ♪
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good news from the gulf this morning as it appears the deepwater horizon well is officially closed, almost five months after rupturing and spewing oil nonstop. scientists should soon confirm that the fractured rig is sealed off forever but the end of the leak doesn't mean the end of major problems in the gulf.
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nbc's jay gray has more now from venice, louisiana. >> reporter: the final pressure test should be over now but there's still noword on results or if the well has been officially killed. in the final hours on the primary relief well after pumping in 74 barrels of cement and making sure it was set there was a sense of confidence and pride. >> the fact that it ha done so much damage, the fact that we were able to help solve and fix something that so many peop wanted and needed it. >> reporter: but sealing the well won't solve the proem so many who live and work have been dealing wi with for aost five months now. >> it shows up here evy day as the tides move. it keeps coming up upon the shore. >> reporter: thick, black crude, washing in and wearing away the marsh. >> it just keeps coming. it's like the grim reaper, just keeps coming up from the bottom.
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>> reporter: slowly killing captain joe demarco's dream. >> for 20 years to be able to do this. >> reporter: absorbant boom is in place and biologists continue to take sampes if the marsh as crews clean what they can. but demarco and others worry it may not be enough. >> i go home. my wife says, what are we going to do? keep going like we're going until we have some answers. and we get a trip once a week maybe. can't pay your bills on a trip once a week. can't put your kids through school. can't buy groceri. they pull out, we are totally messed up here. >> reporter: a mess that even with the well permanently sealed could still take years to clean up. jay gray, nbc news, venice, louisiana. the "today" show is up next. it starts rightat 8:00. >> let's get a preview now. lester holt is live in new york with more on that.
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good mornin lester. >> good morning, aaron and kimberly. coming up on "today" authorities are looking for members of what's being described as a cult like group who vanished and might be planning a mass suide. eight children are among the missing. we'll have the latest the story. the wind and waves are building in ber muda bracing for hurricae igor. the powerful storm hours away from landfall. a li updae. tragedy hits the field as a high school quarterback collapses and dies on the sidelines right after throwing a touchdown pass. we'll look at what may have happened. plus, did you ever stop tothink about how many germs you've come in contact with in public places like atms and drink iing fountains? we'll take a look at part two of what lurks and how would you like to own a piece of american history like the blankets jfk had on theateful day in dallas or lady liberty's nose. these are going up for sale. we'll tell you where when we see you later here on "today." back to you now. >> lady liberty's nose? >> she had a nose job. who knew?
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next we'll hear she was using botox. >> that's so sad. thanks, lester. >> all right. 7:45 right now. we are looking fward to sunshine, some clouds on the increase, and there's a slight chance that a few folks might see a raindrop or two today. i'll give you the details in your sunday forecast.
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hurricane karl is being blamed for three deaths in mexico after slamng the coast with high winds and rain. karl struck land as a category 3 storm and heavily flooded the gulf stte. at least two people were killed in mudslide and a child drowned in a flooded home. karl has since been downgraded to a topical depression as it moves over the mountains of southern mexico. bermuda is bracing for a direct hit from hurricane igor. the outer bands of the massive category 2 storm started to hit the island last night. forecasters expect between five and eight inches of rain across
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the alaisland along with high s and flooding. hurricane and tropical storm winds and rain could pound the island on monday. >> you almost feel guilty to be enjoying our weather. >> such gorgeous weather here. >> and the reason i's so nice here is part of the reason the stor is staying far enough offshore and impacting bermuda a lot more directly than the folks out there would want to see. the last time they had a real strongurricane go through there was 2003 with fabian and this one here is probably going to be the strongest storm since then. it has weakened a little bit. the waters in that part of the atlantic are colder so the storm has lost some of its punch. still, it's a high end category 1, might reach back up to category 2 stngth before landfall. it's right on the line right now. folks in bermuda will have an ugly da today and tomorrow as well. for us higpressure is in charge and it will provide us with a very pleasant outdoor
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weather day here in the washington area. our for example, and northern and western viewers in pennsylvania and the far western maryland might actually get a stray raindrop or two tod. but right here in town i don't think our ra chances are all that great. 62. that's the current temperature in washington right now. the de points have come up. yesterday they were in the upr 40s. today they're in the mid-50s. humidity 80%. wind is not blowing at all at this point in timend no rainfall since midnight in washington. 54 degrees in frederick, maryland. hagerstown 59. the further north and west you go especiall up into the mountains of west virginia, more in the way of cloud cover already this morning. bright sunshine, though, from washington to points south and east into southern maryland so nice weaer there. a look at regional doppler. fading away rain drops right on the old mason/dixon line, t maryland/pennsylvania border. one or two sprinkles cannot be ruled out. that air comes downhill. it warms up and it drys out.
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not mu of a rain threat in washington tod but ther's still a couple more rain drops in central ohio so can't completely give you the rain-free forecast the further north and west you go. anybody that even gets a raindrop or two today probably not going to be any more than a few hundredths of an inch. out ahead of a weather front ming through here late this evening and into the overnight hours. it's is it till a good ways up to the north and west but, again, toasty warm out ahead of the front. winds will come back around. that will put temperatures up into the mid-80s today. here is hurricane igor, now just a couple hundred miles to the south of bermuda. this little speck here is the island of bermuda. the storm is just now starting to jog a little bi more onto a northern track so that might keep the eye wall itself about ten miles offshore from bermuda but, nonetheless, that's a big storm out there and it's going to be a rough day for our friends out on the island nation of bermuda. for us, we're waiting on a cold front which will come through
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into the overnight hours tonight. behind the front tomorrow we get that north to northwesterly breeze. cumulus clouds, the high pressure will be inharge. take a littlbit of the warmth out for monday and tuesday. that area migrates offshore. so for today we'll call it increasing clouds and mild and warm. maybe a sprinkle or two in the far northern or western sections of our viewing area. the bengals and the ravens are playing each other out in cincinnati today. no weather related problems there. obviously we're heading out to fedex field. our four-day forecast, 86 today. 80 tomorrow. 79 on tuesday. 88 degrees on wednesday. very chess tothe 90 with a risk of shower or thunderstorm but not a great risk, unfortunately, and those 80s as we head into next weekend a going to be in th 85, 86 degree range. average highs down to 77, 78. this is going to be a very warm september when it's all over.
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>> thank you, chuck. 30 dogs and cats are now safe and sound thanks to the washington animal rescue league. >> the group says the animals were living in terrible conditions in north carolina, rescued from a private research facility conducting tests on the imals for medical purposes. in some cases not even using anesthesia. the rescue league is asking the public to step in and help these animals find loving homes. they'll be available for adoption in two to three eks after they get appropriate medical care. love to see the wagging i wi at that. that's a good sign. virginia tech was looking for its first win of the year. >> hakem dermish has a look at a crowded day in football in this morning's sports. good morning, everyone. the maryland/west virginia game can be simply described with the use of two numbers. one negative, one positive. 28. that's the number of unanswered points the mountaineers scored. negative ten, the number of rushing yards for the terrapins.
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the result for maryland a 31-17 defeat in morgantown. and ralph freed again said his team would be tested and, boy, was he right. fourth play of the game for west virginia. handoff to noel and he's a speedy fellow. avoiding tackles, down the sideline cuts back, finally broughtown after a 50-yard gain. coach friedgen said we tackled horrible. smith looks left. throws a perfect pass to baltimore native austin. good for a six-yard touchdown and 7-0 west virginia lead, one of two tds for austin. and fridge thinking, hey, i told you these guys are good. early second quarter, here comes west virginia again. gino smith with plenty of time looks over the middle for his former high school teammate stedman bailey. gets foot down. 26-yard score. west virginia would eventually go up28-0. second half, here comes jamar robinsoand the terps down
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28-7. robinson with time goes deep to torre smith, the senior. opened the middle of the field. an 80-yard scoring strike. the terps back in the game, cut the deficit to 14. all righty. here we go. later in the third robinson back to pass. under heavy pressure. it's scooter barry. takes him down. one of eight sacks for the mountaineers defense. maryland falls to west virginia 31-17. the terps play florida international next week. west virginia is at lsu. well, if there was ever a must-win game in september for virginia tech, yesterday's game against east carolina was it. the hokies started the day with an 0-2 record and an 0-3 start would be a disaster. the last time that happened, bon jovi's "living on a prayer" was a number one song in the u.s. that was in 1987. yesterday the hokies desperately trying to change their tune. taylor and the hokies going against a very goodast carolina team. second quarter, hokiesrailing
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17-7. taylor starts the hokies' comeback. throws a dart to roberts. 24-yard touchdown. hokies within three. impressive play. this was impressive, too. six minutes later, darren evans gets the handoff. goes left and he's in for a seven-yard toudown. tech's first lead of the game. hokies down at halftime. virginia tech sophomore standout ryan williams was injured in the game, injured his hamstring but trainers say he isokay. frank beamer's team goes off in the second hal dominique davis, uh-oh. rashad carmichael reads it perfectly. interception do the sideline. davis trying to track him down but carmichael says, nope. 68-yard td. virginia tech earns its first win of the season. >> a great win because i came after a very, very difficult week on coaches, players, our whole group. came when you had to battle like heck o there.
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things didn't look so good at times. really, really proud of everyone and i'm proud how it all took place and how hard we came -- had to hang in there. >> a big win for virginia tech. we're in louisiana. navy against louisiana tech. second quarter navy down by six. ricky dobbs drops back to pass say what? to pass. yeah. up to john howell. a 25-yard score. dobbs' first td pass of the season. navy misses the extra point. tiedt 13-13. fourth quarter the midshipmen doing what they normally do, run the ball. vince murray right up the gut. 17 yards for the touchdown. navy beats louisiana tech 37-23. all right, talking baseball. nationals taking on the red-hot phillies up in philadelphia. top of the first, no score. ian desmond at the plate wi a runner on first and this is a good piece of hitting. goes opposite field. that's down for a base hit and more. danny espinosa hustling around
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the ases. here comes the relay. the throw to the plate is late. he scores and desmond ends up with an rbi triple. the nats take the 1-0 lead. nats down 2-1. zimmerman with a man aboard and howard, see you later. his 30th sets a franchise record with five straight seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 rbis. phillies in front, 4-1. top eight. nats down by three. bases loaded for willie harris. a chance to be a hero. the nats fall 5-2. phills have won six straight. and later today the redskins go for a 2-0 record againsthe houston texans. kickoff is 4:15. that's your rning sports. i'm hakem dermish. have a great day. >> chuck, do you have a prediction for the redskins game? >> i think they're going to find a way to win it. it doesn't have to be pretty. it just has to be one more point than the other guy and we'll ake it. and we're one point better than
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the texans. right? >> agreed. >> just kidding. i just love how much you love footba football. and that's it for news 4 today. we'll be back in 25 minutes with a local news update. >> join us again for a full hour of news at 9:00. have a great morning.